Friday, August 9
9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Roundtable Discussions 

CMS Update

Steve Chickering from the San Francisco office joins us to share some recent changes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services.


What’s Happening with Day Services? Sheltered Workshops, Developmental Training, Etc.

The manner in which the people we serve spend their days is integral to achieving personal outcomes. What types of unique programs has your agency developed? How are you integrating time in the community as part of day services? Is your agency making the shift from Sheltered Workshops to Community Based Programming? Come share effective programming techniques and innovative ideas.


Achieving Person Centered Planning and Practices

What tactics or techniques has your agency enacted in order to achieve Person Centered Planning? Come join us for a discussion of the practices implemented by your organization and how those practices have improved reaching personal outcomes for the individuals we serve.


Video Theater

Boy In the World

For many three and four-year-olds, learning how to live in the world begins in a preschool classroom. Children with developmental disabilities are no exception. This intimate documentary follows four-year-old Ronen, a young boy with Down syndrome, who attends a fully inclusive early childhood education center. This is a rich, evocative exploration of how inclusion works, from the nuts and bolts of a successful inclusive classroom to the benefits and challenges of educational practices that help all children to learn — and to find their place in the world.  Running Time – 44 min


Changing Identities: A Story of Traumatic Injury and Art

Each year, approximately 1.5 million people have their lives suddenly and irrevocably changed by traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries or stroke. While current therapies can leave many people unable to function, or institutionalized indefinitely, this documentary explores a powerful alternative. In 1999, retired artist Bill Richards founded The Art Studio at the Northeast Center for Special Care, in upstate New York. Through this program, individuals can identify themselves as artists and more, not just as a person with a disability. Running Time – 57 Min


How I Am

"I'm like a hermit on an island," is the way Patrick Wanker describes his life with autism. With the dreams and fears of a teenager, but with wisdom and pain beyond his years, Patrick invites us into his emotional world through the words he painstakingly types into his computer. Set in a small, Italian mountain town, and using only Patrick's words, this beautifully filmed documentary reveals how painfully lonely life can be for a teen with severe disabilities. Running Time – 49 Min